Get a Jump on Spring at the Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park
The Art Colony Association presents its annual three-day spring festival in Memorial Park in March
This year’s Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park will be held from Friday, March 27, 2020 to Sunday, March 29, 2020. It will welcome 300 artists, representing 19 different disciplines, from around the country. Produced by the Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA), the three-day festival will benefit the following local nonprofits, which will receive a portion of the event’s proceeds:
Artists for Artists
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
Warriors in Art
Attracting crowds of up to 35,000 attendees annually, the festival has raised over $3.6 million to date in support of local nonprofits. Each organization provides volunteers and has the option to host an arts-and-crafts station in the Children’s Creative Zone sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital Specialty Care. The Zone will feature giant bubbles and on-the-spot drawings by caricature artist Bonnie Blue.
Bayou City Art Festival is one of the nation’s leading outdoor art festivals. It allows visitors the ability to meet talented artists, view original works, and purchase one-of-a-kind art, including prints, jewelry, sculptures, functional art, and more. Food demonstrations by popular chefs, music performed on two stages, strolling live entertainers, food trucks, and a craft beer and wine garden combined with the exceptional art make this one of Houston’s most enjoyable family events of the year.
McKenzie Fisk, a gifted painter from Los Angeles, is this year’s featured artist. Her studies of children interacting with animals utilize geometric shapes and bright colors.The distinct works capture moments of innocence and life’s simple pleasures. Student artwork, composed of entries from the top 30 finalists in the Middle School Art Competition,will also be on display.
Kelly Batterson, Executive Director of ACA, says:“The Art Colony Association has created an environment that enriches the public through art, while also giving back to the community through its Nonprofit Partner Program. We welcome patrons to join us in supporting local charities and attending Houston’s largest and oldest festival, which would not be possible without the help of our sponsors, artists, and volunteers.”
The festival hours of opening are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
About Bayou City Art Festival
Originally called the Westheimer Art Festival, The Bayou City Art Festival is in its forty-ninth year.Its two festivals, Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park, presented in the spring, and Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, presented in the fall, provide a venue for over 20,000 artists to showcase their work to thousands of art lovers from around the world. A percentage of the proceeds support local art organizations and nonprofits. The festivals are funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, corporate sponsorships, private contributions, in-kind support, and volunteer assistance.
Tickets, Passes, and Transportation
Online tickets are available now at www.artcolonyassociation.org. Tickets purchased online are $12 if purchased before March 20, and $16 if purchased after March 20, for adults; $5 for children ages six to twelve; and free for children who are five and under. Two-day passes are $20 and family passes (two adults and two children) are $30. Passes are available online and at the gate. Individual tickets can be purchased at the gate on festival days for $15 cash or $16 with a credit card. On-site public parking is not available, but shuttles are provided from Northwest Mall to the Memorial Park Festival site. Round-trip shuttle rides are $4 per adult online and before the festival and $6 at the gate.Children under 12 ride for free.
For more information, please visit: https://www.artcolonyassociation.org/